2018 Apple-Picking Hours & Varieties

Apple Orchard Hours

August through October
Monday–Friday 9am to 6pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am to 6pm

The apple orchard is at our Oswego farm only. Before heading to the orchard for U-pick apples, all guests must first purchase a bag in the farmstand on weekdays or at the apple barn on weekends. We no longer carry apple baskets. Please buy apple bags at least 30 minutes before closing time to allow enough time for picking.

Prices (Ages 5 and Up)

$6.50/person for ¼ peck bag (about 3 lbs)
$13/person for ½ peck bag (about 5–6 lbs)
$26/person for 1 peck bag (about 10–12 lbs)
Children 4 and under may enter for free but do not get a bag (they must have one to pick)

Apple-Picking Tips

  • Pick only from rows marked at the end as ready for picking.
  • Look for apples that are more red or yellow in color and less green.
  • When picking, hold the apple gently, roll upwards and twist off the stem.
  • Pick carefully! You must purchase what you pick.
  • Please pick only what will fit in the bag. Overstuffed bags will be charged extra.
  • Refrigerate apples after picking and be sure to wash them before using.

If you’d like to purchase pre-picked apples, visit either of our local farmstands! Call ahead for variety availability before heading over!

Oswego Farmstand
Naperville Farmstand

Approximate Ripening Dates

Late August–early September: Ginger Gold, Zestar
Mid-September: Gala, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Jonathan, Cortland
Late September: Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Empire, Jonagold
Early October: Mutsu 

Additional Guidelines & Recommendations

  • Pets and smoking are prohibited at the orchard. You are welcome to smoke in your car.
  • Backpacks, large purses or bags, ladders and apple-picking poles are not allowed in the orchard.
  • It’s best to wear closed-toe shoes rather than flip-flops or sandals when picking (fallen apples often attract bees). The orchard has grown, so we suggest good walking shoes.
  • Watch your step! The ground in the apple orchard can be uneven.

 

CURRENTLY PICKING 

Taste: Sweet, juicy
Uses: Eating, baking sauce, pie, juice

Taste: Tart, juicy
Uses: Eating, baking, sauce, pie, juice

Taste: Sweet and tart, very juicy
Uses: Eating, baking, sauce, juice, freezing

Taste: Sweet and tart, juicy
Uses: Eating, baking, sauce, pie, juice, freezing

NOT READY FOR PICKING


Taste: Mild sweet flavor, juicy
Uses: Eating,baking, sauce, pie, juice, freezing


Taste: Sweet, juicy
Uses: Eating


Taste: Sweet, very juicy, super crisp
Uses: Eating, baking, sauce, pie, freezing


Taste: Tart, juicy, crisp
Uses: Eating, baking, sauce, pie, freezing

FINISHED FOR THE SEASON

Taste: Sweet, super crisp, juicy
Uses: Eating, sauce, juice

Taste: Sweet and tart, very juicy, crisp
Uses: Eating, baking, sauce, pie

Taste: Sweet
Uses: Eating, baking, sauce, pie

The Joy of Autumn Apples

Summer starts to wind down, making way for fall. The trees prepare for their months-long concert of color. As the season deepens, the air starts to fill with the crisp autumn chill.

And at Keller’s Farmstand, our apple orchard bursts with fresh, crisp, vibrant fruit ripe for the picking. It’s a wonderful time for family and friends.

We have been growing apples in the region for more than a century. In 2004, we started our apple orchard in Oswego. Today, the orchard still requires constant care and attention to ensure the best apple-picking in late summer and fall.

We begin pruning in February and continue for about two weeks. Doing this each year supports apple growth by contributing to healthier trees.

Along the way, we have also planted new varieties, which has tripled the size of our apple orchard.  Because we’ve grown so many, and not all varieties ripen at the same time, we have apples ready all season long.

All fresh apples are inspected for quality and chosen by hand when they are at their peak ripeness. You can purchase our pre-picked apples at any of our farmstands (see below for locations).

You can visit our Oswego apple orchard for daily U-pick apples during the season as well. Have a blast with family and friends as you stroll down our orchard’s lush, leafy lanes with a Keller’s bag for filling.

Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep current with our apple varieties ready for picking.

Get our special apple recipes on Pinterest too. Here’s one you can enjoy right now:

Grandma Keller’s Apple Kuchen

3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 apples, peeled & thinly sliced (baking apple like Cortland)
Topping
1/2 cup each sugar and packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons each flour and softened butter or margarine
1 teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cream sugar, shortening and egg until fluffy. Stir in milk.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Beat into creamed mixture. Spread dough in greased 9” square pan.
  3. Top with rows of apple slices, overlapping slightly.
  4. Combine topping ingredients with fingers or wire pastry blender until crumbly. Sprinkle crumbs over apples. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown.

apple kuchen recipe
apple kuchen recipe